Fruit producers in India’s Anantapur district -state of Andhra Pradesh- claim the district is devoid of adequate infrastructure facilities like food processing units, packaging houses, ripening chambers, cold storages, warehouses and laboratories that test the presence of chemical residues in horticulture fruit varieties.
This lack of infrastructure was exposed during the Corona lockdown crisis when tens of millions of rupees worth of produce had been thrown on the roads in the absence of adequate cold storages and warehouses.
"We have about 8 cold storages but going by the magnitude of produce we may need anywhere between 20-25 cold storages. Both horticulture fruits and agriculture produce including vegetables could be stored. Whenever the farmers fail to get remunerative price, they would preserve their produce in cold storages and not indulge in panic selling in times of crisis," Horticulture Assistant Director Satish told The Hans India.